New writer Nick Fasulo previews
the upper tier of what should be an extremely competitive Atlantic 10
season. Teams are listed in order of projected finish, followed by
a projection of the All-Conference team.
Three years removed from
their astonishing run to the Elite 8, Xavier looks as though they may be
ready to make another deep run come March. They have one of the most
balanced rotations in the country that will feature eight to nine
players. Xavier returns three starters (seniors Justin Cage and Justin
Doellman; and junior Stanley Burrell). Most importantly however for
Xavier will be point guard transfer Drew Lavender. A former McDonalds
All-American, Lavender is ready for a fresh start back in his home state
of Ohio. Lavender’s amazing quickness and vision will undoubtedly
increase Xavier’s team scoring numbers and lead to many open shots.